Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Richmond, BC
Interest: Geocaching, cross-country skiing, orienteering
I was just up there this weekend. Had a great time in the gorgeous spring weather.
I biked up to the trailhead, hid my mountain bike near there and backpacked the rest of the way up to the lake. I first hit snow somewhere around 1100m in the open areas, but it was very patchy and you don't have to cross much all the way up to the lake from there. The lake itself is mostly frozen still and there was a fair amount of snow at the campsite there. Found a couple dry clear patches for my tent, but the only official tent pad I found was under a couple feet of snow still. Overnight it was below freezing but hot during the day. I found the new bear food cache and green throne outhouse - looks like they haven't seen much use yet.
I continued up to the col in the morning, met someone who'd just come down from Mt. Webb, and continued up myself. The first half up to the col was slow going with lots of icy snow in the trees, but once I reached the bowl and got my snowshoes on it was easy going the rest of the way. This side is still shaded until late in the morning so it was hard and fast up. The col up to the peak of Webb was a lot softer but not too bad. Gorgeous views from up there on such a clear day. I bootskiied my way back down and hiked out.
The trail is well flagged the whole way and I never had much trouble following it. It seems like they might have improved the flagging leaving Radium Lake - there's a more obvious path to follow than I expected from the trail notes I read anyway. From the bowl up it's all open and you can just follow tracks or pick your own way.
Other than the one guy up at the col I only saw 3 other small groups hiking the bottom part of the trail. Not sure if anyone else made it as far as the lake.